Visit Marrakech on foot
Huge medieval city of the Maghreb, Marrakech is now a tourist destination of choice. The city enjoys a warm and dry climate, which is favorable for walking tours. Still nicknamed the Pearl of the South, Marrakech is surrounded by countless palm groves and the minaret of Koutoubia. The open-air markets, the palaces, the mosques, the avenues of the modern city, the walls … Marrakech is full of places to discover!
Mosques and palaces: places not to be missed!
From the place where one stays, one goes to the discovery of the Pearl of the South and to understand its nuggets. We can start the tour by visiting the emblem of Marrakech, which is the most known and most visible, namely Koutoubia. Recognizable by its minaret that dominates the entire city, the Koutoubia Mosque is a real compass allowing tourists to find their way in the heart of the city.
The Bahia Palace is also worth a visit. Built in a beautiful two-hectare garden at the end of the 19th century, it is an arrangement of luxury apartments with views of the inner courtyards. In this palace, one can visit the favorite apartments of the sultan, the central courtyard made of marble paved with fountains and zelliges and the council room adorned with a mosaic decoration. It is important to know that about a thousand craftsmen from Fez have participated in the construction of the Bahia Palace.
Do not miss the discovery of the famous Saadian tombs. It is a mausoleum that remains a real wealth of Marrakech.
A stroll in the heart of the Jemaa El Fna square
The lively Jemaa El Fna Square is an ideal place to enjoy a delicious tea and savor Moroccan culinary specialties. Various shows are also offered by popular artists, musicians, storytellers and acrobats to please young and old. As night falls, the famous Jemaa El Fna Square is transformed into a large storeroom where everyone takes dinner under an open sky.
The gardens of Menara
Located at the base of the Atlas, Menara gardens are a perfect place to get closer to nature. This area has an area of 62 hectares and is composed of trees and a huge lake fed by different irrigation channels. The snowy peaks can be easily seen from a pavilion at the edge of the water.
A walk in the Medina
During a walking tour in the city of Marrakech, do not forget to explore the open-air markets or the colorful souks located in the labyrinth of the Medina. These souks are among the most famous in Morocco and there are very varied goods, but also craftsmen highlighting their traditional art. Among the handicrafts presented are wood paneling, jewelery, spices, carpets and kaftans. To all this are added forges, slippers and pottery and various objects made of brass, leather and iron.
Classified as world heritage of humanity in 1985, the Medina of Marrakech still retains its architecture of the 11th century. Moreover, it is still surrounded by walls eight meters high. Note that it is in the Medina that is the El Mansour mosque characterized by its minaret visible from afar.